The first signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between a private sector employer and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) regarding part time Defence personnel, has been signed at Victoria Barracks, Paddington.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, says the MOU will help further develop ties between the two organisations.
“The MOU between QANTAS and the ADF will form the basis for cooperation between the organisations in managing a shared workforce. By signing this MOU, QANTAS, a national icon, is leading the way for other private sector employers.
“For the hundreds of QANTAS staff whom also serve part time in the ADF, this MOU will ensure an easier release process when they are called to serve. It will also assist them to deal with the competing demands of family, employer and of Defence,” said Senator Feeney.
Qantas’ Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs and himself a Defence Reservist, Glen Steed, said the MOU will undoubtedly make it easier for part time ADF personnel working at QANTAS.
“Whether it’s through our scheduled passenger services, charter flights or aircraft maintenance, we are committed to supporting the ADF wherever we can. The MOU launched today recognises that many of our employees also contribute to national defence through part time service and this makes it simpler for them to do so.
“We’re proud to be the first private sector organisation to sign such an agreement with the ADF,” he said.